Dr. Kate Russo is the Founder of Being in the Shadow, now based in her native Australia after two decades of living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is an author, psychologist, and eclipse chaser who has seen 13 total solar eclipses from six continents over 20 years.
Kate’s unusual combination of skills and expertise allows her to carve out a unique niche that includes eclipses, community development, and tourism development. She uses her academic and clinical skills to delve deep into the experience of totality, using these insights to help put words to the ineffable. She has surveyed and interviewed hundreds of people about their eclipse experience, and has authored three books. She shares the awe, excitement, and wonder of the total solar eclipse worldwide, and is in demand in the media and as a speaker due to her unique expertise, passion, and relatable manner.
Kate is also considered an authority on community eclipse planning, having been directly involved with eclipse planning efforts in a number of remote locations worldwide for a decade. Her passion is to ensure communities within the path of totality strategically align their eclipse preparations with community development plans, ensuring long-term sustainability. Kate’s White Paper on Community Eclipse Planning is now in its second edition, providing evidence-based guidance to communities on how to commence their preparations for a total solar eclipse. She holds numerous leadership roles in her niche area. She advises on local, state, and national eclipse planning groups, and offers consultation and workshops with local Chamber of Commerce and tourism development groups to support eclipse planning efforts globally.
Kate loves supporting everyday people to experience totality and had successfully partnered with a UK-based tour company leading sustainable eclipse tours for several years before the pandemic forced operations to cease. Since then she has supported multiple tour groups in their planning efforts for the 2023 Australian eclipse and accompanied the Virgin Galactic group for their exclusive totality experience.
Her message is clear. You MUST get into the path of totality at least once to experience the incredible awe and wonder of being in the shadow.